What You’ll Do: Aug. 29-Sept. 1

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W.Y.DSummer is winding down, but there is plenty to do in the final weekend before the kids head back to school. Read on to get some good ideas for family-friendly events this Labor Day weekend.

We pull these ideas off our community calendar, which you can find on the right side of WYDaily.com. Submitting to the calendar is free and easy, so make sure to add upcoming events for your group or organization.

Begin your Labor Day weekend with a celebration of the arts, as the Historic Triangle’s annual Arts Month starts Friday. Looking for a family-friendly concert to take the kids? The Virginia Symphony Orchestra launches its “Symphony Under the Stars” series in Williamsburg today. Read on for a full list of activities for the weekend!

Arts Month

The Historic Triangle’s annual Arts Month begins Friday with gallery openings at City Square in Williamsburg and the Yorktown Freight Shed at Riverwalk Landing. The two events kick off a full month of art activities around the area, leading up to the 45th annual An Occasion for the Arts. Check out the full calendar of events on the Discover the Arts website. For more information on how Arts Month came together, click here to read the WYDaily article.

Film and Music

Busch Gardens will host acclaimed the Contemporary Christian band Casting Crowns on Sunday as part of the Glory at the Gardens series, which features Christian-inspired performance. The family-friendly concert will take place at the Royal Palace Theater in the theme park. Check out the calendar listing for more information.

Thursdays you can watch a free flick at the Williamsburg Regional Library – this month’s theme is “Bad Vacations.” This week they’ll be showing “The Out-Of-Towners,” (1970), a film from writer Neil Simon starring Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis. The pair plays a couple whose dream trip to New York City turns into a travel nightmare. If you’d like more details, take a peek at the calendar.

Local band the Hark will perform on the outdoor stage at Berret’s Taphouse Grill on Thursday, weather permitting. The Hark is a duo acoustic act out of Williamsburg. Visit the Hark’s Facebook page to learn more about the band. Timeline Jazz Quartet will perform at Berret’s on Saturday. Click here to find more details about their performance at Berret’s in our calendar.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform two concerts in the Historic Triangle this weekend. The VSO launches its “Symphony Under the Stars” outdoor concert series at Lake Matoaka in Williamsburg on Thursday night. The symphony, under the baton of Benjamin Rous, returns to the area Saturday at Yorktown’s Riverwalk Landing. The concert will feature selections from Beethoven, Copland, Debussy, Rodgers, Kabalevsky, Bernstein, The Beatles, Whitney Houston and more. Find out more information in the article that recently posted in our Hometown section.

Family Fun

This Sunday, Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse will host the 23rd annual Crab Race, which pits dozens of crabs against one another in an epic battle to see which can cross (or find) the finish line first. The race raises money for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Over the years, the Crab Race has raised about $25,000 for CBF. Berret’s will be looking for individuals or groups to sponsor a crab until race day. For more information on this Sunday’s event, click here. To read more about how the Crab Race came about, read our recent Hometown article.

The Movies on Prince George Street series continues this weekend with a showing of “Oz the Great and Powerful” (2012). The free showing, sponsored by Merchants Square, takes place at the 400 block of Prince George Street on Sunday. The movie, directed by Sam Raimi, stars James Franco, Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis in a look at how a man, who would become known as the Wizard of Oz, got his start in an enchanted land. Details about the showing are in the calendar.

Farmer’s Markets

From 8 a.m. to noon, check out Yorktown Market Day on Saturday. You’ll find fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, coffee, specialty cut flowers, art, entertainment and much more.

Saturday is also the Toano Farmers Market, which features Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs, Heidi’s Home Grown, plus an array of produce vendors. You’ll find this market at the corner of Forge and Richmond Roads in Toano.

The Williamsburg Farmer’s Market is also going on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon on Duke of Gloucester Street. You’ll find all kinds of scrumptious produce as well as other gourmet and fresh-from-the-farm foods.